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Post  malena stool on Wed 4 Dec - 21:24

Court battle over computer glasses
A California woman has pleaded not guilty to what is believed to be the first traffic offence alleging a motorist was using Google's new computer-in-glasses invention.

http://home.bt.com/techgadgets/technews/driver-caught-using-google-glass-pleads-not-guilty-11363855616457

Last updated: 04 December 2013, 16:33 GMT

A California woman has pleaded not guilty to what is believed to be the first traffic offence alleging a motorist was using Google's new computer-in-glasses invention.

The device, known as Google Glass, features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye.

The technology will not be made widely available to the public until next year, but Cecilia Abadie was one of about 10,000 "explorers" who received the glasses earlier this year as part of a try-out.

Her case highlights several issues, including distracted driving, wearable technology that will one day become mainstream, and how laws often lag behind technological developments.

Abadie was stopped in October on suspicion of driving at 80mph in a 65mph zone on a San Diego freeway. The California Highway Patrol officer saw she was wearing Google Glass and added a citation usually given to people driving while a video or TV screen is on in the front of their vehicle.

Abadie, a software developer, denied both charges in San Diego traffic court.

Her lawyer William Concidine said she would tell a trial set for January that the glasses were not on when she was driving, but activated when she looked up at the policeman as he stood by her car window.

The device is designed to respond to a head tilt by waking itself up.

Mr Concidine also said the vehicle code listed in the prosecution applies to video screens in vehicles and is not relevant to mobile technology such as Google Glass.

Police declined to comment, but at the time of Abadie's citation, the highway patrol said anything which took a driver's attention from the road was dangerous and should be discouraged.

The lightweight frames are equipped with a hidden camera and tiny display that responds to voice commands. The technology can be used to do things such as check email, learn background about something the wearer is looking at, or to get driving directions.

Legislators in at least three states - Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia - have introduced bills that would specifically ban driving with Google Glass.

Chris Dale, a spokesman for the tech giant, said he was not aware of any other tickets issued for driving with Google Glass.

Google's website contains an advisory about using the headgear while driving, saying: "Read up and follow the law. Above all, even when you're following the law, don't hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road."

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Re: Court battle over computer glasses

Post  Lioned on Wed 4 Dec - 21:33

80 in a 65 limit on a freeway not that bad,depends on time of the day and other traffic.
Havn't seen these glasses so don't really know but probably less distracting than dropping a lit fag in your lap.

You have to read sat navs as you drive along.

Anything thats a distraction can be dangerous.

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Post  AnnaEsse on Wed 4 Dec - 21:41

Lioned wrote:80 in a 65 limit on a freeway not that bad,depends on time of the day and other traffic.
Havn't seen these glasses so don't really know but probably less distracting than dropping a lit fag in your lap.

You have to read sat navs as you drive along.

Anything thats a distraction can be dangerous.
I don't use Sat Nav because I think I'd find it very distracting. Someone I used to work with claimed she couldn't go to a town that's only 14 miles from here because she didn't have Sat Nav! I asked her what she thought people used to do before they had Sat Nav. Did no one travel from here to Rugby? She asked me what I did and I told her that I used Google maps and also invested in good old-fashioned maps books!

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Post  kitti on Thu 5 Dec - 7:44

Most phones have sat nav......victor refuses to use his phone for this....that's a man for you.


Have you noticed, men don't ask us women for directions..they drive round the block three times till they come across a man then they roll their window down to ask for directions.

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